Arlene Forster has announced her formal resignation as first minister of Northern Ireland.

Speaking at Stormont, the former DUP leader said she plans to spend more time with her family ‘whether they like it or not’.

However, she says she still has ‘unfinished business’ to make sure Northern Ireland succeeds in the future.

Her depature follows a internal power struggle within her party which saw her ousted as leader.

She told colleagues today: ‘Mr Speaker, colleagues both inside and outside this House know very well that all periods of leadership must come to an end.

‘That is why, when we are privileged and honoured with holding such a position, we must not waste a moment in frivolous brinkmanship but rather forge ahead on behalf of those we represent.

‘Whilst I will miss the exchanges from this seat, I am looking forward to fresh challenges.’

Explaing to members how she still has work to do, she added: ‘This will be my last speech in this form, but I very much plan to continue to speak up on behalf of women in public life as well as our children by seeking better protections for everyone on social media.’

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